New bill would commute GISRA death sentence

A bill introduced this month by Sen. Fred Thompson (R-Tenn.) would prevent the lapse of the Government Information Security Reform Act next month.

GISRA, part of the Defense Authorization Act of 2001, called on agencies to assess the security of their IT systems and to include security requirements in their budget requests. The Office of Management and Budget earlier this year told Congress that executive branch IT security has substantial weaknesses.

OMB has used the law to turn down or alter some agency proposals in the latest budget cycle.
Under a sunset provision, GISRA would expire Nov. 29. Thompson's S 3067 would repeal the expiration and make the requirements permanent.

Provisions to make GISRA permanent are part of several other bills, but they might not pass before Nov. 29.

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